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Pakistan shells border posts, BSF jawans among 7 injured

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Srinagar: The borders continue to remain tense as rival armies of India and Pakistan are shelling each other’s positions. For the last few days, the two sides have kept the International Border stretch active with the salvo being fired by Pakistan in which two BSF personnel and three civilians are reported injured.

The latest shelling was reported from RS Pora and Ramnagar sectors. Defence sources suggest the Pakistani Rangers have used mortars and automatic weapons. Though the firing has been “effectively retaliated”, the Pakistani ammunition has left five persons including two BSF personnel injured.

Already, the intense shelling in last few days has led to evacuation of the civilians from the border belts including Arnia that was first to be targeted.

Pakistan also engaged in heavy firing and shelling in Poonch sector along the LoC last evening. An eight-year-old boy was injured in the firing, the officials said.

Over 500 people were evacuated by the police from a few border hamlets targeted by Pakistani troops last night, they said.

Over 20,000 people have also fled their homes and hearths in Arnia and R S Pura sectors in the past few days, they said.

There have been continuous firing and shelling by Pakistani troops along the IB and the LoC between September 13 and September 18.

Firing and shelling resumed on September 21 after a two- day lull.

A BSF jawan and a civilian were killed and 25 others including five BSF personnel were injured in the shelling and firing by Pakistani troops during the period.

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